MALONE — Three members presided over their final Franklin County Legislature meeting recently and accepted plaques from their party chairs.
Legislators Sue Robideau (R-Brushton), Timothy Burpoe (D-Saranac Lake) and Marc “Tim” Lashomb (R-Malone) thanked colleagues, past and present, for their guidance, support and friendship.
Robideau praised the dedication of the county employees she interacted with during her three-year term, saying they “take a lot of pride in their work” and stepped up to do even more when budget cuts slashed 12 percent of the workforce.
She thanked the people of District 5 and the Republican Party for the confidence they placed in her.
Burpoe thanked his family members for their understanding and patience in the past nine years he was District 7 representative, as well as his fellow legislators and department heads, calling them “a professional bunch.”
He took a swipe at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the “politically astute” but “reckless” decision to impose a 2 percent property-tax cap without accompanying mandate relief.
He also criticized the State Comptroller’s Office for declaring Franklin County fiscally stressed for adhering to the restrictions for three years.
Lashomb first spoke of his continued dismay at a pre-election “smear” tactic used against his opponent, Dr. Carl Sherwin, who won the District 4 seat in November, re-emphasizing that he was not involved.
He concluded by saying he is grateful for the friendships he forged with his fellow legislators.
Legislators Paul Maroun (R-Tupper Lake) called the two departing GOP members “the hardest-working freshmen I’d ever seen” and said he is going to miss Burpoe as a friend and legislator from the southern end of the county.
Chairman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) praised Lashomb’s passion for the job, Robideau’s dedication to the poor and elderly and Burpoe’s long-time support, ending with an excerpt from a 1910 speech from President Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming ...”
Republican Party Chair Ray Scollin presented engraved plaques to Robideau and Lashomb, and Democratic Party Chair Kathy Fleury presented Burpoe with a plaque.
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